Magheramorne Estate opens as private hire venue creating 30 jobs

A total of 30 jobs are being created with the opening of Magheramorne Estate as a luxury, private hire venue.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:53 am

With more than 30 years’ experience as a leading caterer on the island of Ireland, the family behind Jane’s Kitchen is using their knowledge for the venture at the 40-acre location near Larne.

The new posts include executive head chef and a kitchen team, head gardener and waiting staff, as well as jobs in finance and events roles.

Jane Allen, founder of the Broughshane-based catering company, and her family have taken over the 19th century estate with the support of property investor, Magell Limited.

Marking the opening of Magheramorne Estate as a private hire venue are Ryan Walker, Magell Limited, Katherine Allen, James Allen, Jane Allen, David Allen, Sara Allen and John Walker (Junior), Magell Limited.

The team has made a significant investment, creating an exclusive hire, luxury wedding and corporate event venue with accommodation for 76 guests on site.

Jane founded Jane’s Kitchen in 1988 and catered her first wedding in 1995. Since then, the business has continued to grow, now providing employment for over 100 people and catering weddings and events across Ireland and the UK.

The business is truly focused on family. Jane is the founder, her husband, David, is the director and their three children each play a role: daughter Katherine is wedding and events co-ordinator, son James is operations manager and daughter Sara, who trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School, is the food and beverage manager. All five have used their extensive catering and event expertise to create this venue, which opened its doors in August 2020.

Jane Allen, managing director, JKS Magheramorne Estate Ltd, said: “This past year has been incredibly tough for our industry, for couples and event planners, either having to postpone or cancel weddings and major corporate events.

“We received the keys to Magheramorne Estate in March 2020, the week that the UK went into lockdown, and could never have imagined the challenges that would lie in the months ahead. I would like to thank our investors, my family and our entire team for their dedication and hard work throughout the past year.

“We are so proud of Magheramorne Estate and I am very excited for the next chapter. My family and I have been working in events and catering for more than 30 years. We wanted to use our expertise to build on what Northern Ireland already has to offer in hospitality and provide a beautiful estate that is not only a stunning setting for a wedding but that also offers private luxury accommodation. Magheramorne Estate can be your private country estate for the day or even the entire weekend.

“Our goal is to build on our Jane’s Kitchen reputation for providing a quality, premium service and present that on a new stage. We want to offer a premium experience, from the moment an event is booked to the last dance at the reception, giving our couples the wedding day that they deserve. We look forward to welcoming guests to Magheramorne Estate and hope they love it as much as we do.”

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